Privileges Committee is powerless to summon any judge, claims Elahi

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Former Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi asserted on Thursday that the Privileges Committee was powerless to call a judge or bring their cases to light.

The former CM made the remarks in response to Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto’s speech in the National Assembly the day before, in which he criticized the judges of the Supreme Court harshly and called their decision over funding for the Punjab elections “insult to the parliament.”

FM Bilawal said it was necessary to draw a line and that because the parliamentary privilege had been infringed, the issue should now be brought up in the House Privileges Committee.

Elahi criticized the Sharif family in a statement to the media after seeing the procedures of his pre-arrest bail petition in a case involving alleged corruption.

He said, “The PML-N practices politics of retribution, and their [the PML-N’s] entire politics depends upon political victimization.”

The former chief minister went on to say that throughout his tenure in office, he did not file any charges against PML-N leaders. Elahi argued that the current caretaker setup “broke all records” by filing bogus charges against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its leadership.

He added that he had made the right choice in joining the previous government’s party.